Ueli Steck was a Swiss mountaineer nicknamed "the Swiss machine," and his mountain climbing achievements were nothing short of legendary. He set speed records for some of the most difficult climbs in history. In 2012, he even reached the summit of Everest without the use of supplemental oxygen. Later in 2015, he summited all of the 82 Alpine peaks above 13,100 feet, and he did it in less than 62 days. In 2017, Steck and his climbing partner attempted to summit Everest via the dangerous west route which is known to have produced more climber deaths than successful summits. During their ascent, his climbing partner (Tenji Sherpa) was struggling due to frostbite, so Steck decided to continue the climb alone. He managed to make it to Camp 2, but then split from a French climber to try and solo climb a nearby peak known as Nuptse. Tragically, on Sunday, April 30, 2017, "the Swiss machine" slipped and fell 3,300 feet to his death. He was just 40 years old, in the best shape of his life, and he made his wife a widow.
His decision to climb alone cost him EVERYTHING!
There's one major lesson that we as Christian men need to learn from this tragedy ...
NEVER CLIMB ALONE!
Unfortunately, that's exactly what many Christian men are trying to do on their spiritual journey, and that's why so many of them continue to fall and suffer devastating consequences. It doesn't have to be that way for you. As a Christian man, you're on a sacred journey of following Christ to become a godly man, and that's no easy climb. Scripture makes it clear that you constantly need the help of your brothers in Christ to reach the summit of your full potential in Christ.
We are commanded to confess our sins to one another and pray for one another because it brings healing.
We are commanded to gently restore brothers who've fallen into sin and help them carry their burdens.
We are commanded to daily encourage one another so that we don't become hardened by sin's deceitfulness.
We are commanded to not neglect meeting together, as is the habit of some.
These are all things we can't do alone!
When Christian men follow those clear biblical commands, it brings healing, freedom, growth, and success to their spiritual lives! They advance towards the summit of their full potential in Christ. They transform into godly men who make a lasting impact upon their families, churches, communities, etc. ... but here's the problem ...
Most Christian men can't find a safe-place to experience that kind of godly connection, support, guidance, and accountability with like-minded Christian brothers (not even in their churches). I believe that's the primary reason why so many Christian men remain stuck in sinful addictions like pornography. They're trying to climb alone and it won't work. Been there ... done that ... and have the scars to prove it!
God's Word repeatedly makes it clear that every Christian man needs to be connected and climbing with like-minded Christian brothers who can help each other overcome their sinful addictions and reach the summit of their full potential in Christ.
In his famous Ted Talk, Johann Hari said,
"The opposite of addiction is not sobriety. It's human connection."
He's right, but he didn't come up with that truth. He basically discovered what God's Word has been saying for thousands of years ... that we can't do it alone!
YOU NEVER CLIMB ALONE!